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No-Brainer Banana Split Dump Cake

Can't decide if you want a banana split or a cake? This dessert mashup gives you both!

Updated October 02, 2023
No-Brainer Banana Split Dump Cake
No-Brainer Banana Split Dump Cake

What's better than a large banana split? A banana split that won't melt on you! No-Brainer Banana Split Dump Cake is an incredibly easy cake recipe that incorporates all of the flavors you love about the classic dessert in an easy-to-make treat.

The recipe starts with a simple and traditional dump cake recipe and then adds a few banana split flavors. Piled high with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and bananas, this treat will definitely make you feel like you're enjoying your favorite frozen treat in your local soda shoppe from your childhood. It has all the best flavors of that famous ice cream sundae dessert, but without the melty mess.

This dump-and-go dessert is fun to eat from a bowl on any afternoon of the year. However, its tropical banana, coconut, and pineapple flavors are particularly refreshing during summer months. This easy dessert recipe uses a number of shelf-stable ingredients. Just keep what you need on hand, and you can quickly bake a dessert the next time company drops by unexpectedly. 

You'll love getting creative with this recipe! In addition to the serving suggestions below, you can top each slice of cake with sprinkles, ice cream, and even crushed cookies. You'll love digging in to this unique dessert!


Cooking Time1 hr

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch Baking Pan


Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBirthday, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together


  • 1 12 ounce can strawberry pie filling
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup chocolate fudge ice cream topping
  • Maraschino cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease or spray a 9 x 13 cake pan.

  2. Spread strawberry pie filling into the bottom of the pan and top with the pineapple.

  3. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly on top of the fruit. Slice butter very thinly and arrange over the top of the cake mix. Sprinkle with the coconut and then the walnuts.

  4. Bake for 1 hour until lightly browned and bubbly.

  5. To serve: Spoon cake into individual bowls and top with sliced bananas, a dollop of whipped cream, and a drizzle of fudge topping. Top with a maraschino cherry and serve.


This recipe was inspired by this Easy Banana Split Dump Cake (a reader favorite)!

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This recipe is amazingly easy and such a delicious treat. I will leave out coconut but offer toppings like chopped nuts on the side. This is a beautiful dessert that is going to be a hit for a 4th of July get together. I'm making my shopping list now.

I have tried a similar recipe and loved it so so so much.

It was good, expected to taste more banana flavor. Instead was more strawberry heavy in flavor. Would modify that in the future. If serving to friends - make sure to let them know there are nuts in the dessert. I didn't see them until I had a spoonful in my mouth.

A nice combination of fruity flavors - strawberry, pineapple and banana... three of my favorites! Definitely a great, easy-to-make summer dessert!

Nothing reminds me of summer more than a banana split. I'm not always big on ice cream, so this is a great version I could make at home.


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